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By Riot Hlatshwayo | Dec 28, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A FORMER municipal manager in Mpumalanga was arrested on Saturday after the gruesome death of a 37-year-old man.

The man had beendoused with petrol before being set alight for allegedly breaking into the house of the former municipal manager.

The drama started in the early hours of Christmas Day, when the former manager of Mbombela municipality, whose name can be disclosed only after he has appeared in court, is believed to have heard a noise in his house.

He went to investigate and it is believed he saw two vehicles driving away. He is alleged to have recognised one of the vehicles and then found that some of his belongings were missing. He then went out looking for the suspect.

"He found the suspected burglar and took him to Barberton police station," said Mpumalanga police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi yesterday.

"He said he didn't want to open a case against the suspect but wanted him to point out the stolen goods."

The man and the suspect then left the police station. The police later learnt that a man had been admitted to Barberton Hospital with third degree burns.

Further investigations revealed that the victim was the same man who had earlier accompanied the former manager.

Hlathi said nurses at the hospital told police that the man smelt of petrol when he was admitted.

"He (alleged burglar) said the former manager had accused him of breaking into his house and had poured petrol on him before setting him alight."

The suspect was arrested and will appear in the Barberton magistrate's court today on a charge of murder.


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